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Hidden treasures from the Sui dynasty will soon find a new sanctuary. Stashed away in the caves of Beijing's Yunjusi are a trove of Buddhist stone scriptures.
The collection of sutra dates back over 14-hundred years to the Sui dynasty. Bearing this long history are some fifteen-thousand individual stone blocks, some of which measure 19 meters long and 10 meters wide, and more than twelve-thousand meters long when lined up side by side.
These sutra are not only precious religious relics, but are also rare records of the socio-political and economic climate of regions of China during the Tang dynasty.
While some of the these sutra have since been returned to the caverns where they were found, the crammed space within the cavern poses a great challenge for safe and proper storage.
In response, a new museum will be built to better protect the patrimony.